Your best self

“I’m dying.” Shocking piece of rhetoric, this. Well, okay. Just to set the record straight, I, personally, am not dying. But those were the interrupt-my-day words I serendipitously stumbled upon in, of all places, the liquor store. They were spoken by a man with inoperable, stage 3 pancreatic cancer. He was buying booze for his…
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C’est la vie, 2016

So another year’s in the books. C’est la vie, 2016, you piece of crap, you. Right? Maybe things went well for you personally; maybe they didn’t. Things sure as hell didn’t go well for, oh, about about one-third of all celebrities alive on January 1, 2016. Oh, wait, what’s that? Another one just slipped earth’s…
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Political Orphans

I get you. I get you precisely because I am you. You and I, we’re in this vast electoral wasteland together. A barren, unknown, unwanted place. No place to call home. No voting soul. And, it sucks. We’re pissed, too, ‘cuz we’re good citizens, right? We pay our taxes. We color inside the lines. We…
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50 shades of memories

Fifty. Half a hundred. Wow. Isn’t 50-years-old within the chronological blast radius of Betty White, Richie Cunningham’s dad and, oh, I don’t know — dirt itself? Fifty seemed grand-parently when I was a kid. Ancient, even. It’s also the decade of when my mom, God rest her soul, died. And now I’ve arrived — rolling…
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Communicate like a CIO: Three keys

The CIO’s role has dramatically transformed over the years. Gone are the mainframe-y days where these first-ever IT shot-callers were die-hard technologists. You know the type. There’s “cool nerdy” and there’s “not-so-cool nerdy;” these were the bad kind of nerdy equipped with plastic pocket protectors, Hollerith Card paper cuts and precious little business acumen. Also…
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Two political ears, one mouth

Your boss. Your spouse. The other driver. The opinion writer from the news service you typically read while quaffing your petite vanilla bean scone with too much powdered sugar. Your mother. All seemingly disconnected types of people, right? Yet they do, in fact, have something in common: they’re people you’ve disagreed with — some more…
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